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Lewis County says farewell to Doc Bertram
Tuesday, April 24, 2007: Dr. Herbert Morton "Doc" Bertram Jr., 89, of Vanceburg, died Tuesday
morning, April 24, at 4:05 a.m. at his home, following an extended illness.
Born September 9, 1917, in Lewis County, he was the son of the late Dr. Herbert Morton Bertram Sr.
and Robena Clark Pollitt. He was a 1935 graduate of Lewis County High School. He received his
undergraduate degrees at the US Naval Academy and received his medical degree from University
of Louisville in 1943.
He served as a captain during WWII. Returning home from the war, he joined his father in practicing
medicine, and continued to practice medicine and surgery in Lewis County and in Portsmouth, Ohio,
for almost 60 years. Many Lewis County residents point proudly to having been delivered by Doc
Doc was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. His book Three Shorts and a
Long (published by Vantage Press), comprising fond memories on "The Kinney" and very funny tall
tales, was published in 2001 and was an immediate success, selling out at his first book signing at
the Vanceburg Depot Museum in November of 2001.
In July 2002, Doc continued to inspire outdoorspeople in a KET Kentucky Life episode with host
Dave Suffert, taking viewers along on a fishing trip down Lewis County's famous muskie stream,
For almost 15 years, he was host Doc Talk on WKKS Radio in Vanceburg discussing health issues
but often also interspersing medical information with jokes and a bit of silliness (truly, he knew,
laughter was the best medicine at time).
Doc is survived by four daughters, Karen Esham, Susan (Philip) Block and Elizabeth (Arthur)
Lambert, all of Sarasota, Fla., and Mary (Scott) Johnson of Orlando, Fla.; three sons, Ben (Lynette)
Pugh of Cincinnati, Ohio, Herbert Morton (Miriam) Bertram III of Naples, Fla., and L. Michael (Sandra)
Bertram, of Vanceburg; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
His wife, Joyce Stout Pugh Bertram, died in 1995.
The funeral was conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Gaydos Funeral Home in Vanceburg. Luke
Bentley III officiated with burial in Lewis County Memory Gardens at Black Oak. Memorials may be
made to Hospice of Hope Inc., 909 Kenton Station Drive, Maysville, KY 41056.